At a live press conference this afternoon Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced that deputy Ben Fields has been fired over an incident that took place on Monday at the high school he’s worked for the past seven years.
Senior deputy Ben Fields, an 11-year veteran of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department, has been fired over allegedly violating department policy. Students in the class recorded on their cell phones as he used force to effect an arrest and remove an unruly student from her classroom.
However, before getting into the fallout, let’s look at what led to the incident:
A student who was in the class at the time said shortly before the violent confrontation, the girl in the video had her cell phone out in class, and the teacher came over and asked her to “hand over the device.”
When the girl refused, a school administrator came in and ordered the teen to get out of her seat. She refused. That’s when Fields was called in to remove her.
In the viral video, the officer is seen and heard asking the student to get up. She refuses. As he goes to physically remove her, she attempts to punch him in the head, striking him in the chest. Almost simultaneously, he pulls her from the desk and throws her to the floor, where she is promptly put into cuffs.
Now, instead of learning an important lesson that there are rules and laws, and that breaking them has consequences (a lesson so many of today’s youth seem to be missing), there will be publicity, sympathy and likely no repercussions for her terrible behavior. In fact, following the incident, no injuries were reported. Now, after the media attention, the student is claiming multiple injuries.
Sadly, in today’s insane legal system, she will likely receive a settlement, as it will be cheaper for soon-to-be civil defendants to settle as opposed to fighting it in court, something we recently highlighted when the NYPD settled for $25k with two women who assaulted officers.
Then there are the charges of racism against the deputy. Of course no one, other than the Sheriff who fired him, stated that Deputy Field’s girlfriend is African American, which makes it a tough narrative for the media and race baiters to push.
Regardless, many members of the NAACP have already spoken out about the incident saying, “race played a role in the arrest of the black student” and the officer should be charged. After all, nothing drives donations (and ratings for CNN) like a race war, even if it’s largely fabricated.
Should the officer have thrown the girl in the manner that he did? Perhaps not. But that’s not the point. Sometimes “pretty please” doesn’t always work, and the nature of law enforcement interactions means everything can’t be perfectly scripted. And now a deputy is out of a job because of this girl who thought that the rules didn’t apply to her.
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